WTA Discusses RDOF “Amnesty” with FCC Chairwoman’s Office

On May 2, representatives from WTA met with staff from FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s office to discuss alternatives not involving waivers or amnesties that can incentivize RDOF awardees who cannot or will not build their networks to relinquish those awards at an early date in order to free up the affected areas for potential BEAD or other broadband funding.

WTA is not a supporter of reverse auctions, but if the FCC employs them to determine and distribute USF support, it must strictly enforce its auction rules, terms and conditions. Suggested alternatives to amnesty can be found in WTA’s notice of ex parte.